Bloomsday 2017 was a hit!
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival a Joy(ce)ful week!
2018 Festival Bloomsday Montréal set for June 13-16
“These heavy sands are language tide and wind have silted here.”
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. We are all born mad. Some remain so. You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.”
“Read your own obituary notice they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life.”
“The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.”
“We are all the heroes and heroines of our own lives. Our love stories are amazingly romantic; our losses and betrayals and disappointments are gigantic in our own minds.”
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With Love From Dublin: Bloomsday Montréal Greeting
In 2016 Montreal’s Mayor Coderre declared Montreal and Ireland as ‘twin cities’. In this spirit of fellowship the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council, have gifted us at Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2017 with this lovely video greeting.
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The Irish short-story writer and novelist William Trevor died last November. He was 88. His readers say he is one of the best writers ever, and with titles like How We Got Drunk on Cake, how can we resist giving him a place on our reading list? I had encountered Trevor’s work before, in The New Yorker, but reading a whole book of short stories makes a big difference. You really get to see the depth of his characterizations.read more
September and October are two of my favorite months because the weather is just right for walking and exploring in Montreal. And for me, a walking tour is a way to experience history and an attempt to conjure up the past. However, as a Montrealer, I’m so used to thinking about this island as part of the New World that I often forget how much interesting history there is to discover right here.read more
Last year, I wrote about Joyce and the award-winning filmmaker Richard Linklater, who created films like Boyhood (2014) and Before Sunrise (1995). These days, I still find myself drawing comparisons between contemporary art and the work of James Joyce: most recently, David Lynch’s revival of his classic television show, entitled Twin Peaks: The Return (2017).read more
Last Saturday night I saw my city in a whole new dark light. That’s because I went on Haunted Montreal’s Haunted Mountain Tour led by local actor Donovan King. Donovan led our own sold-out walking tour on June 10 The History of the Irish in Montreal as part of this year’s Bloomsday festivities.read more
On Thursday, June 15, 2017 Festival Bloomsday Montréal produced a dramatic reading of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) by James Joyce with actors Jan Gregory, Margaret Nicolai, Clive Brewer, and musicians Kathleen McAuliffe, soprano, and Natalia Davydova, pianist at the Atwater Library.read more
Lorsque je lisais que James Joyce espérait que l’issue de son premier procès en 1922 lui soit aussi favorable que ceux de Gustave Flaubert et de Charles Baudelaire, j’eue la puce à l’oreille.
Flaubert fut poursuivi pour atteinte à la morale publique : son livre Madame Bovary racontant les déboires amoureux et monétaires d’une bourgeoise de campagne, se terminant par le suicide de celle-ci, pouvait entrainer les femmes à suivre son exemple par mimesis.
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